Garður (Icelandic pronunciation: [ˈkarðʏr̥]) is a former municipality and town located in southwestern Iceland, bordered by the Faxaflói Bay on the Southern Peninsula. In 2018 it merged with Sandgerði to create the new municipality of Suðurnesjabær.
|• Mayor||Magnús Stefánsson|
|• Total||21 km2 (8 sq mi)|
|• Density||67.10/km2 (173.8/sq mi)|
The town Garður, which means garden or yard, was named after one of the many earthen walls once erected on the boundaries between local properties. Garður was mentioned in the Book of Settlement when Ingólfur Arnarson, the first settler in Iceland, gave his cousin Steinunn Gamla this area of land.
The rich fishing grounds by the shore remain the town's economic base. A great deal of fishing was carried out here in earlier centuries, and there are relics to be found along the shore. Garður remains a strong fishing center with fish processing firms.
Garður is also known for its lighthouses. The old Garðskagi Lighthouse [ˈkarðsˌskaijɪ] was built in 1897 and was used until recently as a centre for studying the thousands of migrating birds which arrive there from Greenland and North America every year to breed on the surrounding shore. Today there is a restaurant located here, known as The Old Lighthouse Cafe/Rostin Restaurant which serves a small menu of meals. A new one was built in 1944.
- Við áramót, 29 Dec 2018.
- "Garður (Town of Gardur, Reykjanes, South Iceland)". Archived from the original on 2012-03-20. Retrieved 2011-02-26.
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- Garður Peninsula Historical Museum (Byggðasafn Garðskaga)
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